Omar Fateh is a business consultant and consumer advocate who received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University.
He has worked for the City of Minneapolis as a Community Specialist, helping to improve the City’s outreach to East African communities. He has also worked for the MN Department of Transportation and the MN Department of Revenue.
Fateh’s platform includes a statewide $15 minimum wage, making mass transit free for everyone and increasing protections for renters. He also wants the state to set a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2030, to divest state pensions from fossil fuel companies and fully fund public schools, free universal child care and no-cost higher education.
Omar Fateh on a just transition to clean energy:
“We have a history of putting undesirable projects in the poorest neighborhoods. Wealthier, whiter, communities have been able to keep polluters out of their backyards and they have gone in poorer areas as a result. Part of the problem is the geographical separation of rich and poor itself. By eliminating exclusionary zoning, we can break down this dichotomy. Congresswoman Rashida Talib tells an inspiring story of how she took on billionaire polluters in Detroit as an activist by taking a sample of waste, claimed to be non-toxic, and having it tested to reveal it was in fact dangerous. As a senator, I will have a powerful platform to elevate the voices of concerned community members who haven’t enjoyed political power in the past.”